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Tons of Shoots in Thailand

Thailand proved to be our most productive location yet.  We had at least 10 stock shoots, shot two-dozen Airbnbs, and even had some editorial work.  I was amazed at how much media is created there, from TV, to print ads, to commercials.  This means that placed like Bangkok are filled with tremendous talent for photo shoots.  There we worked with top-notch international models, makeup artists and hair stylists.  Had we stayed longer we would have utilized the vast network of sets and studios.  I have nothing bad to say about the people, food, or transportation in Bangkok, we loved it all.  Our return to Thailand can't come soon enough! 

I really should have broken this up into multiple posts, but this will have to do.

Deanna at Griffith Park

I've been on the road a lot this month, but in a brief moment at home in LA I was able to snag the fabulous dancer/model Deanna Reeves for a shoot in Griffith Park.  We had a great time in the park and I definitely put her to work!  She was powering over boulders, balancing on logs, and running up and down steep hills. Oh the glamorous lives of models.  

Rob Martin

It's a weird thing living in LA.  I think of myself as a country girl, but I've found myself oddly at home here. After almost 10 months as an Angeleno I am happy to report that I am super loving living in the big city.  I love my corner coffee shop, checking out various happy hours in the neighborhood, and I love that I can WALK, take Uber, and ride the subway to get around town.  My tired, old car is getting a much needed rest.  And it goes without saying that the tremendous amount of capital "c" Culture around is such a great perk. 

One thing that has made the transition easier is that there are many old friends happen to live very close (sometimes across the street) to me.  In this vast city I have discovered that there are at least 10 people whom I knew prior to moving here living within 0.3 miles from me.  How cool is that?!?

One of those people is Rob Martin.  I had worked with Rob when I lived on the Central Coast on two other shoots: Lake Nacimento and Avila Beach.  He is a great model and has recently moved to LA to pursue modeling and acting.  I was happy to shoot some headshots for him as he enters this crazy industry down here.  It's great to see him grow and become such a handsome young man.  

New Work with Domenique

I had the good fortune to be in Paso Robles on assignment when Domenique contacted me wanting to do a shoot.  Domenique and I had previously worked together to shoot an athletic/sportswear inspired shoot in Paso Robles and she is a rock star, so of course we made it happen.  We tried out a couple of different concepts and played around with wardrobe and scenery.  The light was spectacular, and Domenique's skin was luminescent. Here's some of my favorites from that day.      

 

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Lovely Domenique in Paso Robles

In the midst of packing for the move down south and finishing up client work, I wanted to take a moment to do a quick shoot with an awesome local model, Domenique Terry.  One of the professional creeds of photography that I try to abide by is ABS: always be shooting.  It's nice to do some personal work and keep focused on the bigger picture of growing as an artist and not just getting caught up in creating client prescribed imagery.    

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The sun was fading fast so we just shot for 30 minutes or so.  I love the autumnal light and how luminous her skin looks as the sun dipped below the horizon.  I'm leaving California soon, but when I return I know I'll be calling on Domenique to do another shoot together! 

An Evening in the Vineyard

The lovely Esther Flink and I enjoyed bopping around several Central Coast vineyards last week during our sunset shoot.  Esther is a Toronto transplant to the area and she brought to the shoot the professionalism and charm of a seasoned model.  We had a great time racing around the country-side looking to capture the last bits of light.  Here's a small sampling of images from our shoot. 

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Test Shoot: Darrell

Darrell Snedeger and I shot earlier this week at the football stadium at Cal Poly University in San Luis Obispo.  We were fortunate that some workers were doing maintenance to the bleachers in the stadium, so we were able to sneak in.  Unfortunately when it came time to leave the workers had locked the exit so we had to scale a fence to get out.  Nothing like minor breaking and entering for the cause of a great location for a shoot.  

Darrell was very sweet and game for anything.  I put him to work during our shoot and he kindly accommodated.  He is moving to LA in a few weeks, so I'm glad we got a chance to work together before he heads down south to pursue a career in modeling and acting.  

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Good luck in LA Darrell!  Thanks for helping me over the fence! 

Test Shoot: Shelby

I finally got a moment to photograph my lovely friend Shelby Garland.  I was honored to be the first photographer to do a shoot with her.  I knew she would be a natural and I'm sure she has a bright future ahead of her if she chooses to pursue modeling.  We went down to the beach in Ventura, California and shot at the pier, Surfer's Point, and Marina Park.  The cloudy sky made for one large soft-box which is great for portraiture.  Shelby looks beautiful and I'm sure we will work together again soon!

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Christina Diaz in Shell Beach

Model Christina Diaz is not only lovely, but the California surfer girl is also quite the academic. An aerospace engineering student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, she clearly has a bright future ahead of her.  We shot at Margo Dodd Tide Pools in Shell Beach, California on a beautiful summer afternoon. Rebecca Means was a fantastic assistant and the day was lots of fun.  Chosing to shoot at high tide left all parties soaked as we waded thigh-high through the water, trying to keep the gear dry.  Note to self: check the tide schedule before booking a beach shoot!